Vice President’s Report

We are nearing the end of Term 3, and have had yet another busy term at Waitak. Firstly, thanks to everyone for accommodating the alternative training venues while West Wave is closed. We have teams training all over Auckland including at EGGS, MAGS, Teps and even a few sessions at the NAC. The fitness trainings for the U14s and U16s at West Wave are well under way.

One of the biggest announcements in youth sport was released recently with 5 of the biggest codes issuing a joint commitment to “take a stand to bring the fun and development focus back to sport for all young people.” New Zealand Water Polo has indicated their support for the initiatives. This statement has certainly generated some interesting conversations – and I am sure they will continue for some time to come, with 85% of our membership being Under 18.

Here are some of the things that have been going on at the Club:

October Holiday Camp Sept 30th – Oct 4th
These holidays we are running the camp from EGGS. Registrations are now open. These are always very popular so get in fast – click here for more info.

U16 Auckland League
This year we have teams in Div 1 and Div 2 for both boys and girls playing in the U16 Auckland League, and we are now into the final rounds, before Nationals which start the first week of the school holidays. Good luck to all the players!

Intermediate League and AIMS
The West Wave closure meant we needed to bring our league forward a few weeks. The final was between Pasadena and Glen Eden with Pasadena taking out the title. Both teams then headed down to Tauranga for the AIMS Games, another fantastic showcase of junior sport. This year water polo had 37 teams competing from intermediate schools around New Zealand. Congratulations to Pasadena who made it all the way to the final of the open grade, coming home with a silver medal.

Looking forward to next month and beyond
The U12s have their last tournament of the year this coming weekend.  We have 3 teams competing and they have all come such a long way this year. We wish them the best of luck. U14 season kicks off  the beginning of Term 4 – this year we have 2 girls teams and 3 boys teams competing.

Thanks for your help
Clubs only survive because of the many hours of time volunteers put in. The committee is busy working behind the scenes to make sure we not only survive but also thrive. We also greatly appreciate everyone who contributes to our Club – from managing teams, to helping out at the holiday camps. Thank you thank you thank you!

Tracey White
Vice President

Year 7 & 8 League Finals

The 2019 Western Year 7 & 8 Water Polo League finals were held at West Wave in early August. Congratulations to Pasadena A, who remained undefeated to claim the Division 1 title, and Henderson Intermediate who managed to hold on through a penalty shootout to clinch the Division 2 title from Blockhouse Bay!

In the bronze finals, Liston College took the win over Pasadena B for Div 1 while Pasadena’s C team was more successful in the Div 2 match, edging out Glen Eden B. Well done to the individual award winners and scholarship recipients from both divisions. The full results can be reviewed on our website (click below).

A huge thank you must go to all of our coaches, managers, parents and referees who have given up a significant amount of their time to support the league this year. Best of luck for the rest of the Year 7 & 8 competitions coming up this year!

News & Events

October Holiday Camp

Another holiday, another camp! We’ve secured space at the Epsom Girls Grammar Pool to run a holiday training camp in the first week of the Term 3 break with spaces for Under 16s, 14s and 12s. Davor will be running things alongside our age group coaches – get registered today!

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Sport Waitakere Awards

The annual Sport Waitakere Excellence Awards are open for nominations. We will be submitting nominations on behalf of the Club but want to hear your thoughts! If you have any suggestions please email them to Zach, secretary@waitakwaterpolo.co.nz. Hit the link below to see the categories and criteria.

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Finn Lowery Foundation

The Waitakere Water Polo Committee would like to express our support for the Finn Lowery Foundation, which exists to honour Finn’s memory and increase the awareness of mental health issues in the water polo community. Donations to the foundation’s inaugural fundraising appeal can be made at the link below.

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Junior World Championships

We are proud to have had three of our players representing New Zealand at the Junior Women’s World Champs in Portugal this month. Blue Diamonds Emmerson Houghton, Libby Gault and Gabby MacDonald proved themselves as valuable members of the team, which finished 14th overall.

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Under 14 Rotorua Tournament

Several weekends back two Waitakere Under 14 teams headed to Rotorua for their annual development tournament. Both teams played with heart and had a lot of fun, with the girls finishing 6th and the boys 7th equal. Thanks to our coaches, managers and parent volunteers for their hard work!

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